WINTHROP, Mass. - The Norwich University men's lacrosse team had nine different player's named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Conference teams, the conference announced on Monday.
Cody Moore, Peter Orlandella, Joseph Santangelo, and Jacob Center took home First Team honors, with Christian Williams and Jake Giannelli appearing on the Second Team, and John Jennings, Sean Wallace, and Nick Kandra rounding out the honorees on the Third Team.
Senior captain Cody Moore has put together another all-time single-season effort after his 58 point season last year that ranked as the fourth highest single-season mark in program history. He's repeated his stats almost exactly this year, recording 43 goals and 14 assists for 57 points so far. His 13 man-up goals this year rank him third in all of NCAA Division III out of the 250 ranked athletes and he'll end his career in the top-ten in Norwich history in goals, assists, and points, and now as a two-time First Team All-GNAC recipient and GNAC Champion.
Classmate Joseph Santangelo put together his own historic season, as the faceoff specialist earns his second All-Conference nod to join his Second Team honor from last season. Santangelo leads a faceoff unit that has posted a conference-best 62.0% winning percentage this season. Individually, Santangelo boasts a 69.7% (198-284) mark this year, the fifth best single-season mark in program history and the 13th best of 250 ranked players across NCAA DIII. His 117 ground balls shattered the single-season program record of 99 set in 2013 by Nate Fortezzo. He put up his best performance of the year during Norwich's 19-7 GNAC Quarterfinal victory to break the single-game faceoff wins record with a 27-29 in the circle, with one loss coming due to a false start faceoff violation and the other coming when the ball rolled out of bounds off the draw and was awarded to Emmanuel.
Junior Peter Orlandella and senior Jacob Center both earn their first All-Conference honor with spots on the First Team. They're joined by two other defenders, senior team captain Jake Giannelli and sophomore Sean Wallace on the Second and Third Team respectively. All four were part of the heart and soul of this year's Cadets' team, a defense that ranked in the top-20 nationwide with just 7.88 goals allowed on average and 9.06 caused turnovers a game.
Junior midfielder Christian Williams earned his first career honor defensively, as the top midfielder defensive option and a key part of the faceoff unit on the Cadets' team. He led all short stick midfielders with ten caused turnovers to go with the second most ground balls on the team with 47 this year.
On the Third Team, John Jennings earned his first career honor in his first season in the maroon and gold. Jennings led the team with 20 assists on the season, the eighth most in a single-season in program history. For good measure, he added in 17 goals, 20 ground balls, and seven caused turnovers.
He's joined on the Third Team by goalie Nick Kandra. The GNAC Tournament Most Valuable Player Award winner, Kandra emerged as the leading figure for a goaltending unit that ranks first in the GNAC in save percentage and second in goals-against average. Kandra's 62.1% save percentage would theoretically rank him third in the nation, but he does not fulfill the qualifier of playing at least 60% of his team's minutes in goal. He was named GNAC Tournament MVP after making 22 saves in the two games he handled for Norwich during the conference tournament, allowing just 12 goals in 119:42 in goal.
These nine, alongside the rest of the Norwich roster, earned the program's second trip to the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 8-6 victory over Lasell College in the GNAC Championship last Saturday. They'll travel to take on New England College at Tufts University tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 PM, for complete game information and preview, click here.